Jazz Aspen unveils June concert lineup
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado
ASPEN – Jazz Aspen Snowmass has some words for those music fans who might have been worried about the organization’s well-being: Joe Cocker, k.d. lang, a bunch of small-venue jazz shows, a concert co-presented with the Aspen Music Festival and School, and a genuine festival atmosphere outside the Benedict Music Tent.
And that’s just the June Festival. Jazz Aspen has announced the lineup for its 22nd annual June event, and despite some shake-ups within the organization – two longtime key executives had their jobs eliminated last fall for budgetary reasons – Jim Horowitz, Jazz Aspen’s founder and president, believes the acts booked represent a smooth continuation of the standards.
“I think people are looking for a strong statement of ‘Here’s as good a program, or better, as we’ve ever seen,'” Horowitz said. “This lineup stacks up with any lineup we’ve ever had in June.”
Joe Cocker, the English-born Colorado resident who was ranked number 97 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest singers, performs June 23. The first leg of the festival closes with the Jazz Aspen debut of singer k.d. lang.
Jazz Aspen will introduce a nightly lawn party, with live music and food and beverage vendors, on the Music Tent grounds before each of the above performances.
The June Festival then moves over to the JAS Cafe Downstairs @ the Nell, in The Little Nell hotel, for a series of jazz-oriented performances. The duo of French vocalist Cyrille Aimee and Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo returns to the space on June 29, with the Hot Club of Detroit playing its version of gypsy jazz on June 30 after an acclaimed performance last summer. The series continues July 5 with the 14-piece Cuban band Wil Campa y Su Gran Union. Lucien Barbarin and the New Orleans Rhythm Revue – led by trombonist Barbarin, a 21-year member of Harry Connick Jr.’s band, and featuring several other members of Connick’s group plus pianist David Torkanowsky and trumpeter Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown – will close the series July 6.
The June Festival concludes back at the Music Tent on July 7 with trumpeter Chris Botti. The concert, featuring guest violinist Victoria Campbell, is presented in association with the Aspen Music Festival.
In 2010, Jazz Aspen announced a partnership with AEG Live, one of the largest concert production companies in the country. But AEG’s role in booking acts for Jazz Aspen is limited to the Labor Day Festival.
“They get no credit or blame for this one,” Horowitz said of the June Festival. “They’re all about September.”
Acts for the Labor Day Festival, set for Aug. 31 through Sept. 2, will be announced in a few weeks.
Also on Jazz Aspen’s summer schedule are two additional weekends of music at the JAS Cafe at the Nell. Singer-guitarist Raul Midon, who played as an opening act last year at the Music Tent, is scheduled for Aug. 10 and 11, and another act for those dates will be announced later. There also will be performances at the venue July 27 and 28, with acts still to be announced.
Tickets for the June 22, 23 and 24 shows go on sale March 19 at 866-JAS-TIXX, online at http://www.jazzaspensnowmass.org or at the Belly Up box office. Tickets for shows at the JAS Cafe also go on sale March 19 and can be purchased at 866-JAS-TIXX or http://www.jazzaspensnowmass.org.
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